I checked out the book Son of Stitch N' Bitch from the library to see if there was something i could knit for my hubby. I found the pattern "beer gloves" to be fairly easy and fast knit. I started to knit a pair for myself too. For my husbands pair i used needle sizes 6 & 7 and for myself 4 and 5.
The white pair I'm using lion brand yarn, fishermen's wool, color natural.
In response to some questions people had about knitting this pattern i posted the info below in a craftster.org post here.
I wrote out a chart of the pattern to help me remember where I was in the pattern. Just use a stitch counter to keep up where you are. I didn't use circular needles, I don't have any. I used double pointed needles.
Cast on 40 stitches place a marker before the first stitch you cast on, and a different colored marker after the 20th stitch.
[What it says in book]
Whale spine cable stitch:
Rnds 1 & 2: k12
rnds 3: slip first 3 stitches onto extra needle and hold to back, knit next 3 stitches, knit stitches on extra needle, slip next 3 stitches onto extra needle and hold to front, knit next 3 stitches and then knit the 3 stitches on the extra needle
Rnds 4-8: k12
(In book: cuff title):
K2, p2 for 2 1/2" (2 1/2" = 15 rounds)
(In book: Body title):
Chart = whale spine cable stitch (in eights)-row number-palm chart (1-15)
1-16 [needle 1 (palm),*p2, pfb (purl front and back of one stitch), p2; repeat from * to end. needle 2 (back of hand), p2, pfb, p3, *k1, m1 (make 1= pick up bar between stitches and knit through back loop), k1; repeat from * 3 times more, p3, pfb, p2-(50sts:24 on needle 1, 26 on needle 2.]
2-17 [needle 1, purl. needle 2, p7, work row 2 of whale spine cable stitch over next 12 sts, p7.continue in rev st st(purling)and cable stitch as established until glove measures 5"(=30 rows)from beginning]
(In book: palm chart title)
(The palm chart is in the book, I didn't know how to write that here and wasn't sure how much of the pattern I was allowed to post, but I left out the palm chart chart, the fingers and how to change it to the right hand)
8-31-1 [needle 1, p4, work row 1 of chart over next 11 sts, p9. needle 2, continue in pattern as established until glove measures 5 1/4"(=32 rows) from beginning]
(In book: thumb opening)
2-33-3[work to last 7 stitches of needle 1, with an extra piece of yarn p7, slip these 7 stitches back onto the left needle and purl the 7 stitches again but this time with the yarn you are knitting the gloves with; work to end of rnd. continue working in pattern as established until piece measures 7 1/2"(= 45 rows) from beginning. place all stitches on holders]
6-45-15 (7 1/2", place stitches on holders)
Then you just work the fingers as the pattern says in the book.
I believe where it says "Rep rnds 1-12 for patt." is a misprint and is supposed to say repeat rounds 1-8 for pattern.